May 18, 2010
BALTIMORE - Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Jen Adams announced today that seven athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and will make up the Loyola University Class of 2014. Among the signees are four players from the State of Maryland, one each from New York and New Jersey and one from the Australian Senior National Team.
Ali Carpenter (Baltimore, Md./McDonough), Molly Dickerson (Ocean City, Md./Worcester Preparatory School), Alison Habicht (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven), Gretchen Mayer (Arnold, Md./Severna Park), Marlee Paton (Seaholme, Australia/Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club), Katherine Reinhard (Ridgewood, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and Taryn VanThof (Livonia, N.Y./Livonia) will all play for the Greyhounds in the 2011 season.
"We are extremely excited to welcome such talented players and outstanding young women to our roster," said head coach Jen Adams. "As a group they add depth at every position, and a dynamic style of play that we are looking to infuse into a very skilled and mature returning squad. We look forward to our bright future here at Loyola with these student-athletes and their wonderful families, added the second-year head coach."
An attacker at nearby McDonough, the nation's top ranked team the last two seasons according to ESPN Rise, Carpenter paced the attack, leading the Eagles to a perfect 20-0 record and a State Championship this season, including victories over several the nation's best competition. Prior to her senior season, Carpenter was noted as a Baltimore Sun Player to Watch and she lived up to the hype, leading the team with a hat trick in the IAAM-A State Championship Game.
A first-team All-ESIAC, All-Bayside Conference and a member of the Eastern Shore National Team as a junior, Dickerson also represented the District of Columbia at the 2009 Under Armour Underclass All-American Game in Baltimore. The Ocean City, Md., native led Worcester Preparatory School with 48 goals and 42 assists in her third season as an attacker with the Mallards. In her freshman and sophomore seasons, Dickerson also garnered Second-Team All-ESIAC and All-Conference honors. Dickerson also was a standout soccer player, being named First-Team All-Conference and the runner-up for the ESIAC Player of the Year in her senior season.
Habicht was a two-sport athlete at nearby Loch Raven High School and led the Raiders to the Class 2A State Semifinals as a junior. A Baltimore native, Habciht's sister, Christina, was a defender on BIG EAST rival Villanova for the 2009 season.
Mayer is a team captain and defender on Severna Park, the winner of the Maryland 4A/3A State Championship the last three seasons. Thus far this season, the Falcons are undefeated entering the State Quarterfinals and Mayer is the stalwart on defensive unit that has allowed just 5.2 goals per game against some of the nation's best competition. Her club team, Maryland United, was also the 2009 National Club Championship Runner Up.
The second Aussie signed by Adams in as many seasons, Paton played alongside head coach Jen Adams and current freshman Cass Cursaro on the Australian Senior National Team that took the silver medal at the 2009 Women's Lacrosse World Cup. The youngest player on the Aussie roster, Paton finished fourth on the team with 10 goals, caused six turnovers and picked eight ground balls in Prague. Also a teammate of Cursaro's on the silver-medal winning Australian U-19 team in 2007, Paton has been active in the State lacrosse level since the age of 11 at the U-15 level. Paton played her club lacrosse for Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club and received the 2005 Simpson Family Junior Award, and in 2009, received the Best & Fairest Award for the being the top overall player.
A four-year defender at Immaculate Heart, Reinhard played on the WDNT North New Jersey team as junior and was also named First-Team All-Suburban and Second-Team All-League as a junior. Named a team captain for the Blue Eagles, the Ridgewood, N.J., native was also a First-Team All-Galaxy League as a junior for the Metro Magic Lacrosse Club. This past week, she, along with just 43 others across the country, were named Under Armour All-Americans. Reinhard will compete on the 2010 Girls North Team, held July 3 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
After standing out in three sports at Livonia, VanThof chose lacrosse after leading the Bulldogs in goals, assists and ground balls the last four seasons. An All-State selection in both her sophomore and junior seasons, the five-foot-eight midfielder combined to tally 114 goals and 66 assists in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. A starting midfielder for the Bulldogs since her eighth-grade year, Van Thof is a two-time team captain, Academic All-American and a silver medalist at the 2008 Empire State Games for the Western Team. Van Thof was also a two-team All State selection for the Bulldogs' soccer team that won the state championship in 2006 and reached the final four the last three seasons. On the hardwood, VanThof led Livonia in points and assists and was an honorable mention for the Livingston County Female Athlete of the Year in 2009.
The 2010 Greyhounds finished 11-7 overall and advanced to their first-ever BIG EAST Tournament after finishing 5-3 in regular season conference play.